Motawi Tileworks has been on a hiring streak over the last year. The Ann Arbor-based firm has hired four production workers in the last 12 months and is looking to add another three right now.
The 23-year-old art tile firm and its sister company, Rovin Ceramics, now employ 35 people combined. Company leaders expect that number to grow for it to be able to keep up with the current workload.
"We have taken on numerous projects," says Christa Quinn, marketing & communications coordinator for Motawi Tileworks. "They include installations in public places and in private homes."
Motawi Tileworks specializes in arts-and-craft ceramic tiles, such as ceramic pieces of art people use to make a kitchen back splashes pop. It acquired Rovin Ceramics, its primary ceramics supplier, a few years ago to make sure it supply chain wasn't interrupted. Since then Motawi Tileworks has expanded its tile line and embarked on a partnership with the Ann Arbor Art Center where it’s tiles are sold there on consignment.
Quinn points out that Motawi Tileworks’ revenue is up but declined to say how much. She is optimistic for the company’s near-term prospects.
"Our plan is to always keep growing," Quinn says. "We want to grow both sides of the business (art tile retail and installations)."
Source: Christa Quinn, marketing & communications coordinator for Motawi Tileworks
Writer: Jon Zemke